– Meet Erica –
 
ERICA LEWIS
Owner & Founder

Erica Lewis is President & CEO of Emerald Stone Photography – an award-winning wedding enterprise that services the Mid-Atlantic region. She established her company in 2012 and now has an exceptional growing team of wedding professionals who continue to exceed client expectations.

 

Emerald Stone Photography is rated Top 5% of Wedding Photographers in the nation according to WeddingWire and has been featured in multiple publications in both print and film, including Say Yes to the Dress on TLC.

 

Erica’s passion continues to flourish each day and she remains devoted to providing exceptional service to her team, clients, and wedding industry partners.

Full of Passion

Family, business (weddings, events, and so much more!), investing, coffee, day trips, and intentional time.
Special needs mama & and advocate for neurodiversity acceptance and autism awareness.
True believer that everything happens for a reason and anyone can live the life of their dreams.

Printed memories ~ wall art, albums, everything!

Connect with Erica here!

Honors

We’ve been named TOP 5% of Wedding Photographers in the US!

We've won 7 Awards with WeddingWire's Couples Choice Awards (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021,2022)

We have an abundance of raving reviews from our clients + a 5 Star Rating on Google

As Seen On WUSA9 News

We’ve been Featured on Say Yes to the Dress!

Wedding Photography As Seen On HGTV's House Hunters

We’ve been published in the Baltimore Sun

VIEW OUR FULL LIST OF AWARDS & HONORS, HERE.

"THE HARDEST PART ABOUT ERICA AND HER CREW BEING

so talented IS DECIDING WHICH IMAGES TO FRAME IN OUR HOME"

– Teddi and Darren

– Our Emerald Stone Team –
 
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KATIE
Creative Assistant

 

I’m Katie, and I am so excited to be a part of Emerald Stone Photography! I am the Creative Assistant, and although I work behind-the-scenes, I am thrilled to play even the smallest role in your wedding day.

I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in English, and I have been working in the wedding industry ever since. I absolutely adore all things writing and reading, and one of my passions is creating words to match the elegance and beauty of your big day. Sharing your journey and your love for one another is so important, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes this the highest priority.

I can’t wait to share not only the incredible photos from the Emerald Stone Photography team but your beautiful love story as well. Cheers!

Specialties

Coming up with Amazing Content for Your Wedding Day Images, and getting them Featured on a wide variety of online blogs.

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JOSH
Lead Photographer

My grandfather has always been one to get the details right. Use the best archival materials, keep learning and create something worth keeping. Heirlooms. It’s how I was raised.

I try to incorporate those life lessons in everything I do, from picture-taking to parenting my little girl, and being a good husband. Your memories are important, and I respect that. As a photographer, my goal is to create timeless portraits that are influenced by my love of cinema. Bright, clean and vibrant colors, captured photographs that reflect the client, not the pose.

I’m a technical guy, and I love to use flash lighting to enhance the photograph. I don’t want to be limited by natural light but I strive to create a finished photograph that embraces it, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some say that editing makes the photograph. I disagree. While some minor editing may be necessary, a well-composed, beautiful portrait doesn’t require it.

What is required is a connection. You need to feel comfortable with inviting a photographer into your special day. You want to feel that click. I do too. Yes, I’m a photographer by trade, but I think it’s more than a business transaction. My photography is based on strong family traditions and values. This business is based on relationships, developed over time. I’d like to be the one you turn to for those exciting times in your lives.

Specialties

High-End Lighting Styles & Creative Night Time Photography.

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BRYAN
Lead Photographer
 

Hi, I am Bryan! I recently got married in December 2018 to my beautiful wife Laikyn, and I am the father of two crazy, furry children. When it comes to the way I live my life, I would say I follow my heart and don’t necessarily take the wide path.  I decided to skip out on college and a 9 to 5 job to chase a dream and my passion.

At the core of who I am, you will find a math and science geek. I love knowing the how’s and the why’s, and I love thinking creatively and challenging my brain. I love using natural light and flash in creative ways to bounce and reflect, illuminating my subject and capturing fleeting moments in the most beautiful way possible.  To me, photography is an art, which requires a trained eye and the ability to think outside the box. Each image is a priceless moment and work of art that will stand the test of time.

Specialties

Modern & Artistic Luxury Lighting Style & Exceptional Documentary Imagery.

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SAMANTHA
Lead Photographer

Hi I’m Samantha! Even before it was a profession, photography had always been something I gravitated towards. All throughout high school and college, I was that friend who forced everyone to take a group photo. I was the one documenting (and a lot of times annoying!) everyone and everything around me. I was the one saying "just one more I promise!"

 

In my spare time when you don't find me hiding behind a camera, I do have a few other hobbies that keep me busy. Twice a week I strap on my skates and hit the track with the Black Rose Rollers, Hanover PA's one and only roller derby league! I go by the alter ego Green Eggs & Sam, or as my teammates affectionately refer to me as, “Eggs.” (Because Sam was just too easy, of course!)

 

Other than photography and roller derby, i'm a pretty simple gal. I love to travel wherever and whenever I can with my husband, Robbie. We're always adding new places to our travel bucket list! When we're not traveling (or daydreaming about traveling) we love to play board games and chill with our border collie Apollo, and our kitties, Savannah and Naomi.

Specialties

Natural light portraiture, and fun, interactive posing.

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LAIKYN
 
2nd Photographer
Lead Photographers Assistant

Hi, I'm Laikyn! I love helping people feel beautiful and confident throughout the whole photography process, and capturing people in the best possible way. It is so amazing to be able to photograph a wedding day exactly as it unfolds and helping couples be able to remember their wedding day in a truly authentic way. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband Bryan and our animals, I love to go hiking and biking, and I love listening to podcasts. 

Specialties

Creative posing techniques with a wonderful personality! 2nd Photographer & Assistant to our Lead Photographers with High-End Lighting & other Luxury Equipment.

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JENNIE & KATHY
 
Lead & 2nd Photographer

Jennie and Kathy work as a team, or independent. They are both incredibly talented photographers, and can lead your day, or serve as a 2nd photographer for maximum coverage. 

 

A note from Jennie & Kathy ~ As a mother-daughter photography team, we absolutely love working together to create beautiful wedding day & event portraits. We started photography many years ago and are passionate about capturing life's special moments. We are currently located in the central PA area.

 

Aside from photography, we both are teachers and enjoy playing tennis and spending time with our family. We can't wait to meet you!

Specialties

Candid & natural light photography with a great attention to detail.

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MATT
 
Lead Photographers Assistant

Hi, I'm Matt! I work with Emerald Stone's Lead Photographers to help plan and set up at weddings, operate lighting & photo equipment, and offer creative and technical advice to the photographer(s) on your Wedding Day. I also keep track of your wedding schedule, shot lists, assist with family & bridal party formals, and pay great attention to detail during every event throughout your day. 

Specialties

Assisting the ESP Lead Photographer with High-End Lighting & other Luxury Equipment.

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MACEO "MACE" TENDAJI
 
Lead Videographer

Maceo “Tendaji” Lester is a filmmaker based in Baltimore, MD. His work ranges from music videos, narrative film, documentaries and wedding videography. Lester received his BA in Mass Communications at Virginia State University. Years later he enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he received his MFA in Film. His love of music, sports and African-American culture are very prevalent in his work. His work has screened and won awards at several film festivals across the nation and internationally. Lester aspires to tell authentic stories that will make a substantial impact in race/gender equity and help cultivate storytellers of the next generation.

VIEW MORE HERE ON OUR VIDEOGRAPHY PAGE!

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BRIAN & BRENDA
 
Videography Team

We love capturing the most important days of your life, and most of our work is spent filming weddings.

We offer a clean, modern, and yet artistic, product. Our films will look current for years to come. 

Discrete filming of your event–we will not get in the way and hope it seems we were not even there!

We film all events in the highest quality HD.

We dress professionally and have a smile on our face… After all, we LOVE weddings!

We keep our prices low and competitive by cutting out unnecessary overhead.

VIEW MORE HERE ON OUR VIDEOGRAPHY PAGE!

– Exceptional Emerald Stone Associates –
 
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Marah | Emerald Stone Associate
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OWNER ERICA'S STORY

"it was literally the only thing we had left..."

This slideshow displays one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire.

We all have a reason we love photography and why we get such joy from sharing photos of loved ones with our family and friends. This is my story.

I was only 6 years old, nearing the end of first grade, and the night is still a blur. On this night a tragedy happened - my family and I experienced a house fire. I was so little at the time, and the only memory I have is sitting in an ambulance with my younger brother, wrapped in a blanket, watching the flames take over our house. Literally everything, every room in the house burnt - except the closet in my moms room. Do you know what is so special about this closet? It held years and years and YEARS of memories. All of the printed photos and picture albums my mom cherished were tucked away in this closet. After such a tragedy had struck that night, this was all we had left.

These photos have even more meaning than they ever did before. Now my mom gets to share all of her memories with me from her photographs that were saved that night in the fire. I get to enjoy looking back at them over the years and share them with my two children. I had the opportunity to share them with friends and family when it was time to create framed photos and slideshows for my own wedding. This is why it is so important for me to share my story with you, to show you the true value in printed photography.

Photos have even more meaning for the people who are not in the photos. The parents, the grandparents, the children, or the grandchildren who aren’t even born yet... Photography gives us those slices of time that allow our imagination to fill in the story.

Keeping your engagement session & wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything my team and I do. 

From how we photograph to the end result of albums and prints.

I whole-heartedly believe that printed photos are timeless, because sometimes, it's all you have left.

The slideshow above displays a few images I captured of one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire. This albums holds memories of me when I was little, special moments with my mom, dad, family members I love, and some I've lost. I am so thankful to have these printed memories with me today.

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